Fiona Bell
ATLAS Institute

Fiona Bell is an interdisciplinary engineer, researching sustainable biomaterials. Advised by Mirela Alistar, Fiona's research happens at the intersection of material science, biology, and design. Receiving a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University in 2019, she uses her technical background as a foundation to support her current creative work. As a PhD student, she hopes to create beautiful, functional, and sustainable products that bring value and joy to people.




  • Netta OferFiona Bell and Mirela Alistar. 2021. Designing Direct Interactions with Bioluminescent Algae. In Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021 (DIS ’21), June 28-July 2, 2021, Virtual Event, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 23 pages.
  • Fiona Bell, Alice Hong, Andreea Danielescu, Aditi Maheshwari, Ben Greenspan, Hiroshi Ishii, Laura Devendorf, and Mirela Alistar. 2021. Self-deStaining Textiles: Designing Interactive Systems with Fabric, Stains and Light.  In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–12. (Yokohama, Japan (virtual)–May 8-13, 2021). pdf.
  • Fiona Bell. 2021. The Undyeing Swatch. In Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 86, 1–3. DOI: (Salzburg, Austria (virtual) Feb. 14-19, 2021).